Feeling Embarrassed About Your Job Search Skills? Here’s What to Do.
If you haven’t looked for a job in a while, you might be feeling a bit rusty – or overwhelmed. The job market has changed a great deal in just the past few years. Here are some top tips from professional recruiters on how to tackle your embarrassment and land a great new job:
- It’s not just you. Take a deep breath. You’re not the only one who feels overwhelmed by the “new” job market. A scarcity of jobs in certain industries, the ever-shrinking attention spans of hiring managers, and the wealth of new technologies providing additional points of access to companies can all be shocking to someone who hasn’t even had to think about their resume in many years. You’re not alone!
- Get comfortable online. The vast majority of job postings appear online these days, rather than in print. Start spending time on the Internet looking at job boards. Type different words and phrases related to the job you’re looking for into your favorite search engine, just to see what comes up. Make a note of job boards that appear over and over when you search – these are likely to offer the most opportunities that fit your skills.
- Learn to tell stories. No matter what business, industry, or phase of growth the company is in, every hiring manager has the same question for every candidate: “How does hiring you help us?” To answer this question, don’t just make a list of your skills or abilities; tell stories about your past accomplishments. These stories catch the hiring manager’s attention, making you more memorable, and they demonstrate that you can do the job well because you already have.
- Ask for help. Finally, reach out! Colleagues in your professional network, family members, friends you’ve made while volunteering or pursuing hobbies. The list of people who can help you find a new job is endless, if they know you are looking. And don’t forget to call a recruiter who finds people jobs in your field and your geographic area.
At Marquee Staffing, our experienced recruiters can help you brush up on your job search skills and find the SoCal job that’s right for you. Contact us today to learn more about our job opportunities in Orange County and beyond!